The Piece: A Contemporary Ballet Novel

Written by Erin Bomboy

Their eyes met through the heat and glare as their hearts crisscrossed from stage to pit.

Only good things could happen.


Against the pitched backdrop of pointe shoes and bloody blisters, Elinor Roth confronts her decaying dream. She is unlikely to become a leading ballerina.

Longing for affection, she leaps into the arms of Jon Hansen, a seemingly nice music conductor. When the fling ends, Elinor abandons her stalling ballet career and moves to New York.

The city’s contemporary dance scene stirs her imagination, and she enters into a showcase that will launch her as a visionary choreographer.

Unable to forget Elinor, Jon joins her and struggles to become a composer. Soon, he grows dependent on Elinor for inspiration and alarmed by her dwindling affection.

Determined to keep Elinor as his muse, Jon devises a plan to take her far away from dance. When she uncovers his deceit, Elinor must decide how far she will blur the line between life and art.

Acutely dark, brutal, and provocative, The Piece explores the manipulation of honesty, the perpetuation of trauma, and artistic obsession.

Designed for readers who appreciate moral complexity, the novel combines the dance setting of Black Swan with the domestic noir of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

A compellingly vivid story highly recommended for romance readers seeking more depth from their stories than most romance genre novels offer

Midwest Book Review

Brilliantly written

Amazon review

A Supreme Piece of Art

Goodreads review



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